Universities have often tried to accommodate the anger of their Chinese students. Before the Dalai Lama’s visit to the University of Washington, the campus Chinese Students and Scholars Association wrote to the university president expressing hopes that the visit would focus only on nonpolitical issues and not arouse anti-China sentiments. According to a posting on the group’s Web site, the university president, Mark A. Emmert, told them in a meeting that no political questions would be raised at the Dalai Lama’s speech. A spokesman said the university, which opened an office in Beijing last fall, had prescreened student questions before the Chinese students voiced their concerns.Defending the free expression of ideas is the mission of a university. University presidents that prioritize overseas expansion opportunities or "cultural sensitivity" betray the mission of the university. Such administrators are a disgrace to the ideal of the university.
Some experts say that colleges feel constrained from reining in the more extreme protests through a combination of concerns about cultural sensitivity and a desire to expand their own ties with China.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The NY Times has an article concerning how the fallout from the Tibet unrest is playing on US campuses.
Posted by Jotman on Wednesday, April 30, 2008